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Main Page Upcoming Events
Jan 31 - 3:30pm - ATL 2400
AOSC Seminar by Dr. Lazaros Oreopoulos
NASA-GSFC, Climate and Radiation Lab
"The Effect of Different Cloud Classes on Earth's Radiation Budget"

Feb 7 - 3:30pm - ATL 2400
AOSC Seminar by Dr. Linette Boisvert
NASA-GSFC, Cryospheric Sciences Lab
"Title: TBA"

Feb 14 - 3:30pm - ATL 2400
AOSC Seminar by Dr. Robert Leamon
NASA-GSFC, Heliospheric Physics Lab
"Title: TBA"

Feb 21 - 3:30pm - ATL 2400
AOSC Seminar by Dr. Ying-Hwa Kuo
"Title: TBD "

Feb 28 - 3:30pm - ATL 2400
AOSC Seminar by Dr. Isaac Moradi
"Assimilation of Microwave Observations in the Rain-bands of Tropical Cyclones "

Mar 7 - 3:30pm - ATL 2400
AOSC Seminar by Dr. Annarita Mariotti
NOAA Climate Program Office
"Title: TBD "

Mar 28 - 3:30pm - ATL 2400
AOSC Seminar by Dr. Steven Pawson
NASA-GSFC, Global Modeling and Assimilation Office
"Title: TBA"

Apr 4 - 3:30pm - ATL 2400
AOSC Seminar by Dr. David Stensrud
Penn State
"Title: TBD "

Apr 11 - 3:30pm - ATL 2400
AOSC Seminar by Dr. Nicholas Nalli
"A (Geo)Physicist Examines the Kennedy Assassination Film "

Apr 18 - 3:30pm - ATL 2400
AOSC Seminar by Dr. Jim Carr
Carr Astronautics Corp
"3D Winds: Observing the Dynamics of the Atmosphere in 3D from Space "

May 2 - 3:30pm - ATL 2400
AOSC Seminar by AOSC Students

Chair's Welcome

Welcome to the Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Science. The Department, part of the Earth Sciences Program that includes the collocated Earth System Science Interdisciplinary Center, offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in atmospheric and oceanic sciences, and climate earth sciences.

The department's research strengths are reinforced by strong collaborations leading to joint research topics with NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Maryland Departments of the Environment and of Natural Resources, the National Centers for Environmental Prediction of the National Weather Service, the NOAA Satellite and Air Research Laboratories, all of which are located near the campus.

Fernando Miralles-Wilhelm, Professor and Chairman

Faculty Spotlight
AOSC Welcomes New Faculty Member Jonathon Poterjoy
AOSC Welcomes Jonathan Poterjoy as an assistant professor of atmospheric and oceanic science. He received his Ph.D. in meteorology from the Pennsylvania State University in 2014. Prior to his UMD appointment, Poterjoy held postdoctoral positions at the National Center for Atmospheric Research, the Cooperative Institute for Mesoscale Meteorological Studies, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Poterjoy develops methods for weather prediction and forecasting, with a focus on tropical cyclones and severe thunderstorms.

Posted on January 18, 2019
PhD Students Sijal Dangol and Vitaly Kholodovsky Named UMD Global Stewards

The new UMD Global STEWARDS Training Program, funded by the National Science Foundation, welcomed its inaugural cohort of doctoral students in December. Twelve Global STEWARDS from five UMD schools and colleges (SPH, SPP, AGNR, CMNS, BSOS) will come together this year through interdisciplinary training and research opportunities aimed at creating innovative and sustainable solutions that ensure food, energy and water (FEW) security for future generations.

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Posted on January 16, 2019
AOSC Studen Deirdre Dolan Honored as 2018 Merrill Presidential Scholar

Deirdre Dolan with mentors Timothy Canty (right) and Julian Lazarus (left). Photo: Thai Q. NguyenDeirdre Dolan, an atmospheric and oceanic science major, honored Julian Lazarus of Linganore High School in Frederick, Maryland, and Timothy Canty, an associate research professor in the Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Science. “[Professor Timothy Canty] has been my greatest supporter by helping me find internships and other opportunities,” Dolan said. “With his guidance, I have worked to become the first student to be accepted into the five-year combined B.S. and M.S. program in atmospheric and oceanic science. I am extremely grateful to both of my extraordinary mentors who helped me grow into the person I am today.” Canty was also named as a faculty mentor by Merrill Scholars in 2015 and 2016.

Posted on January 14, 2019
Zhanqing Li invited to give an AMS core science keynote presentation

At the recent AMS annual conference, Zhanqing Li was invited to give an AMS core science keynote presentation entitled “Can air pollution fuel extreme weather events and contributed to long-term climate changes” to a joint session for 30 min. It is one of a dozen of keynote talks during the course of the conference. Despite the government shutdown that severely affected the overall attendance, the meeting room was fully occupied with many standbys.

Posted on December 12, 2018
PhD Student Sarah Benish on NPR

AOSC PhD student Sarah Benish spent the morning at NPR with Friends of Joe's Big Idea, a program to help scientists become better communicators!

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